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City of Yonkers to Celebrate 91st Anniversary of Yonkers Marathon with Weekend of New Races & Family Fun

Post Date:08/18/2016 9:55 AM

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YONKERS, NY – August 17, 2016 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City of Yonkers will host the 91st Yonkers Marathon on Sunday, October 23, 2016 as part of its Yonkers Marathon Weekend of festivities. The two-day celebration will include a 5K Mud Run Obstacle Course, 5K Superheroes Race, 2K Family Costume Run on Saturday, October 22 and the full marathon, half marathon and 5K on Sunday, October 23. 

“Each year the Yonkers Marathon continues to grow and establish itself as a prominent event in the region,” said Mayor Mike Spano.  “This year is extra special as we celebrate the rich history of our city with the 91st running of the marathon by adding more races and events for residents to enjoy throughout the weekend.  I encourage everyone to come out and support our runners and celebrate the great history of the Yonkers Marathon.” 

In addition to the Yonkers Marathon, the weekend also will feature a Half Marathon, a 5K race and new this year, a 5K Mud Run with challenging obstacle courses, a Superheroes & a Family Costume Race for adults & children to be held at Trevor Park.  Both days will culminate with an After Party at Yonkers Brewing Company on the Yonkers waterfront.  

The Yonkers Marathon, which is the 2nd oldest marathon in the country, is USA Track & Field certified and is considered a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.  The Yonkers Marathon is consistently ranked high on running sites, such as MarathonGuide.com, and has a long and storied history. It was once home of the national championships and Olympic team qualifiers. Marathon legend John Kelley called it a “marathoner’s marathon,” and New York City Marathon founder Fred Lebow cited it as one his favorite marathons, stating, “You haven’t run a marathon until you’ve run Yonkers.”  The first Yonkers Marathon was held on Thanksgiving Day 1907 and only the Boston Marathon is older.

Success PR Inc. has been named Race Director of the Yonkers Marathon Weekend.  "It is an honor to be named the Race Director as we have developed a true ‘Yonkers Marathon Weekend’ this year,” said Tom Cronin – President of Success PR.  “We look forward to partnering with the City of Yonkers and the surrounding tri-state area to make this Yonkers Marathon a continued professional series of races and fun family weekend."

The Yonkers Marathon Weekend schedule is as follows:

Saturday, October 22
· 2K Family Superhero Walk/Run – 10:00 am – Trevor Park on Warburton Ave.
· 5K Superheroes Race – 11:00 am – Trevor Park on Warburton Ave.
· 5K Mud Run Obstacle Course – 1:00 pm – Trevor Park on Warburton Ave.
· Awards Ceremony – 3:00 pm – Trevor Park on Warburton Ave.
· After Party  – 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Yonkers Brewing Company 

Sunday, October 23
· Yonkers Marathon – 8:00 am - 1 Larkin Plaza
· Half-Marathon – 8:00 am - 1 Larkin Plaza
· 5K Run – 8:15 am - 1 Larkin Plaza
· Awards Ceremony - 11:00 am – Larkin Plaza
· After Party - 11:30 am – 2:00 pm – Yonkers Brewing Company

Registration for all races is open now at www.TheYonkersMarathon.com. For more information, contact info@theyonkersmarathon.com or 518-782-2377.

About Success PR
Success PR is a full-service public relations firm that specializes in planning special events.  Prior to being named director of the Yonkers Marathon, Success PR founded & successfully ran the Urban Survivor Race & Wilderness Survival Games.  Success PR President Tom Cronin is also the Founder & Publisher of Success Magazine Ltd.

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